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Babylonian Talmud, Shevuot 39a

וכל עבירות שבתורה מכל העולם לא והכתיב (ויקרא כו) וכשלו איש באחיו איש בעון אחיו מלמד שכל ישראל ערבים זה בזה. התם שיש בידם למחות ולא מיחו.

And for all of the transgressions of the Torah is not the whole world punished? Isn't it written: “And they shall stumble one upon another?!” (Leviticus 26:37) [That is to say,] one because of the iniquity of the other. This teaches us that all Israel are sureties (responsible) for another! There [they are punished], because it was in their power to prevent [the sin], and they did not prevent it.


Hebrew text retrieved from mechon-mamre.org on October 14, 2013.


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Text of excerpt from Shevuot 39a, in the Babylonion Talmud.

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